SBS: January – March highlights

Man vs Wild, Mythbusters, Immigration Nation, Facejacker, The Late Session with Waleed Aly, and Outback Fight Club are all coming soon to SBS.

SBS has provided more details on some of its programming across upcoming months.

The Late Session with Waleed Aly
This summer, Australian audiences are invited to take a seat at this exclusive dinner party – together with Australian writers, musicians, artists, public intellectuals and business leaders – to discuss some of the bigger themes of contemporary life from identity to modern families and the global search for happiness.

From the creators of the BAFTA award winning Fonejacker comes the sketch comedy series, Facejacker. Kayvan Novak wreaks havoc with unsuspecting public. Facejacker is an innovative comedy which showcases Novak’s amazing array of voices and characters as well as his witty and original comic improvisational skills.

Mother of Rock

Mother of Rock shines a light into the decadent world of Max’s Kansas City, a tiny underground club in New York, and Australian Lillian Roxon’s place in documenting the emerging rock revolution, as it rolled over the US in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us
A landmark, three-part documentary series which tells the story of how modern, multicultural Australia was built against the odds.

Outback Fight Club

Follows Fred Brophy and the world’s last remaining tent boxing troupe, as they embark on their final ever tour around Queensland. An important chapter in Australia’s Outback history is about to end, but not before it reveals a unique view of life in rural Australia.

Living the End
Living the End is a powerful documentary following three people during the final days of their lives. Through privileged access Living the End is a meditation not only on the one thing we are all faced with death – but also on life itself.

Secrets of the Human Body
Wraps up in January with a final thought-provoking science documentary which delves into the inner workings of the human body.

Apocalypse: The Second World War
When the French evacuated Paris in June 1940, amateur filmmakers documented the exodus as thousands of soon-to-be refugees lined the roads with their families and possessions.

Faces of America
Presented and written by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr, the four-part series Faces of America takes a look at American identity and history, what made America, and the American people including Meryl Streep, Eva Longoria, Stephen Colbert and Yo-Yo Ma.

The award winning Coast returns for a brand new journey around the British Isles and for the first time visits the shores of the UK’s European neighbours.

Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam

Luke Nguyen, acclaimed owner and chef of the Sydney restaurant Red Lantern, returns to the country of his heritage to take a culinary journey through the northern regions of Vietnam in a second series of Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam.

Costa’s Arnhem Land Odyssey
In this one hour Australia Day special, Costa travels to the remote Arnhem Land town of Yirrkala, to help the local bi-lingual school in its efforts to become more sustainable.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Chef, TV personality and best-selling author Anthony Bourdain comes to SBS ONE with his Emmy award winning series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

Sarah Wiener and the Kitchen Kids (SBS TWO)
In Sarah Wiener and the Kitchen Kids, Sarah Wiener has gathered together 12 youngsters from all over Europe, aged 12 to 14, to pass on her passion for cooking and food.

Come Dine With Me: Greece (SBS TWO)
Broadcast inlanguage with English subtitles, the show sees four amateur chefs competing against each other as they host a dinner party for the other contestants.

World News Australia
Continuing. World News Australia is the only national, prime time news bulletin on free-to-air TV. It’s also the only international news service produced in Australia with content specifically tailored to a local audience. World News Australia viewers get the news, in-depth analysis, sport and weather from respected anchors including Anton Enus, Janice Petersen and Lee Lin Chin.

The World Game
Continuing. The World Game has unparalleled authority and history in the Australian football landscape. Each week Les Murray, Craig Foster, David Basheer and Mariana Rudan are joined by a panel of experts, analysts and guests to discuss the latest results from the week’s ALeague matches and international competitions, including a focus on the English Premier League.

UEFA Champions League
Continues throughout January, February and March The UEFA Champions League reaches the business end of the competition when the knockout phase begins in February. Featuring the best football clubs in Europe, the UEFA Champions League is Europe’s most prestigious and exciting football tournament.

UEFA Europa League
Continues throughout January, February and March. The UEFA Europa League is a pan-European tournament, with clubs competing from all corners of Europe. Comprising three qualifying rounds, a play-off round, a group stage and five knockout rounds, the UEFA EuropaLeague includes clubs from both emerging football nations and traditional football powerhouses.

Football Sundays
Continuing. Football Sundays on SBS gives football fanatics their weekly fix of international news, interviews and highlights over two hours.

Dakar Rally
Often referred to as the hardest and toughest rallyrace in the world, The Dakar Rally is an off-road endurance race which traverses particularly rough terrain including dunes, mud, camel grass, rocks and ergs.

2011 Santos Tour Down Under
The first event on the world cycling calendar, the Santos Tour Down Under is the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. The week-long UCI ProTour event travels through the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia and attracts some of the biggest names in cycling.

Cycling Central
Continuing. Cycling Central delivers the latest two wheel action from around the world, including road and track cycling, mountain biking and BMX. Covering some of the biggest events on the international cycling calendar, each hour-long episode includes a mix of interviews with leading cyclists, news snippets and short features. Hosted by cycling journalist Mike Tomalaris.

Continues in January. From Spartacus, the gladiator who brought Rome to its knees, to the audacious military genius Napoleon, Warriors is a six-part spectacle based on the lives of six men who shaped the world around them either by sheer force or will, genius, courage or even

William Shatner’s Weird or What?
Continues in January. William Shatner’s Weird or What?, presented by legendary television and film star William Shatner, examines and analyses some of the weirdest unsolved mysteries from around the world.

Letters and Numbers
Continuing. Hosted by Richard Morecroft, with the mathematically minded Lily Serna and word worshipping David Astle, each episode features a mixture of letter and numbers puzzle rounds culminating with the conundrum.

Rex in Rome
Continuing. Our favourite ham-roll loving Danish K-9 detective Inspector Rex returns for a new
series. Shot in Rome, Rex and his partner Italian Homicide Detective, Chief Inspector Lorenzo Fabbri are back doing what they do best – catching criminals.

Films: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Orphanage, Candy, Babel, Mary and Max.

Dateline begins 2011 with two new faces in the presenter’s chair. Video journalists Yalda Hakim and Mark Davis will share host duties – with one presenting the program while the other is  on assignment. The idea of putting working VJs in the studio returns Dateline to the essence of what’s made it such a distinctive program: video journalism.

Insight is Australia’s leading forum for ideas, conversation and debate. Each week, host Jenny Brockie uses her unique skills to guide a lively debate on a single topic discussing everything from property prices to relationships, climate change or the nature of courage.

America: The Story of the US

An epic five hour television event that tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented. With highly realistic CGI animation, dramatic recreations and thoughtful insights from some of America’s most respected artists, business leaders, academics and intellectuals, it is the first television event in nearly 40 years to present.

New Latin Cuisine
Mexican actor Andres Garcia, Jr travels across the US and explores new ways of cooking traditional Latin foods in New Latin Cuisine.

Big Love
In series four, Bill Hendrickson (Paxton) tackles problems outside his three-house suburban home. Bill is building a new church for himself and his family, but some of his loyal followers are

Ugly Americans
Take New York City, add every horrifying beast, science-fiction freak, and fantasy fairy, shake thoroughly, and you’ve got Ugly Americans. This animated horror-comedy series follows the quirky life of social worker Mark Lilly.

Films: No Country for Old Men, Howls Moving Castle, Into the Wild, The Wackness, Me and You and Everyone We Know,
SBS TWO: The Warlords, Curse of the Golden Flower, Blood Brothers.

Man Vs Wild
In Series 4 intrepid adventurer Bear Grylls explores North Africa, The Canadian Rockies, China and the Western Pacific.

In series five Jamie, Adam and the team bust the myth of ‘no pain, no gain’, and ask the question when you ‘get cold feet’, do your feet really get cold?

Wonders of the Solar System
Using the very latest breathtaking images sent directly from space, groundbreaking CGI animation transforms the static into the dramatic. Travelling from the Sun to the far-out eaches of Neptune, Wonders of the Solar System has at its heart the latest scientific knowledge beamed back from the fleet of probes, rovers and telescopes currently in space, and offers a vivid and unprecedented tour of the world beyond our planet.

Living Black
Living Black, Australia’s premier Indigenous current affairs show, covers the issues affecting our Indigenous community. Unlike most studio-based current affairs shows, Living Black goes on the road with presenter Karla Grant delivering more than half of the episodes from beautiful, significant and remote parts of Australia.

25 Responses

  1. The last time I watched SBS was for the excellent Wilfred. When they screened South Park I’d tune in every week. And like a lot of others, I’m still endlessly waiting for Swift and Shift (…or at least Fat Pizza re-runs?).

    SBS seems to have dropped their whole comedy agenda, which was what made them unmissable back then.

  2. Can’t believe I’m still seeing Waleed Aly host News24’s The Drum today! Don’t SBS need him to prep already?

    Love the station promo for Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us airing at the moment.

    It’s funny seeing SBS’s 30 Years IDs feature Paul Fenech (complete with Swift & Shift logo on the fake Logie), yet they won’t bother airing his programs again. 🙂

  3. I hope Shameless series 8 will be fast-tracked on SBS and the new series of Skins as well.

    Speaking of returning shows – and I know this is an ABC program – but when will the ABC finally get around to showing Ashes to Ashes Series 3? It was the last series and I’m desperate to see it!

    Come on ABC put Ashes to Ashes series 3 on a Friday or a Saturday night slot, please!

  4. The first three months of SBS looks good, and i am very happy to see season 3 of East West 101 returning (as you said, April / May).

    But… i am also upset that SBS are delaying season 2 of Swift and Shift Couriers. I enjoyed season 1 so much. Silly sbs.

  5. Sorry David another question in relation to S&SC assuming SBS don’t screen it what is the chance it will be released on DVD. Is there some clause saying it must be screened on TV first? I guess in short will we ever see this in any form?

  6. You have got to be joking?
    Where is Swift and Shift Couriers Y2?!
    Since 2009, SBS keep saying “it will be on in a few months” and it never appears when they say it will??????
    It was meant to be on in early 2010!
    They said so when I phoned them up last month!
    Does this mean that SBS’s most popular Locally produced show will just sit on the shelf and die!
    I am just speechless at this revolting dis-repect for viewers and locally produced content!

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